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Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

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Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 61:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDH55038 | Recorded: 1987

When churches were closed by clerical ordinance on special feast days, Parisians of the mid-18th century went instead to Concerts Spirituels of music ranging from grand motets to intimate chamber music. Mondonville's contributions are exceptional for their unusual timbral mix. They include a dozen Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon, the harpsichord parts designed not as continuo infill, but fully self-sufficient, while nonetheless accompanying violin and soprano soloists. Three of them here create a rare and arresting soundscape.

Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)

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Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)

Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 52:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM931045 | Recorded: 1980

The artistic director of the ‘Concert Spirituel’ from 1752 to 1762, Mondonville was one of the most fashionable composers in Paris due to his ‘grands motets’. However, it was in the field of chamber music that he was a real innovator. In creating the sonata for harpsichord with violin accompaniment, he paved the way for a form soon to be raised to sublime heights by Mozart and Beethoven. By giving the harpsichord accompaniment to the human voice Mondonville carried the experiments to its utmost limits.

Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Musiques aux États du Languedoc (1999)

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Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Musiques aux États du Languedoc (1999)

Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Musiques aux États du Languedoc (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée / Naïve | E 8650 | Recorded: 1998

Orchestre baroque français, dirigé par le flûtiste, hautboïste et chef d’orchestre Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais défend depuis plus de 30 ans le répertoire musical des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, en tissant des liens uniques et particuliers entre le public, l’histoire, la musique et les autres arts.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 636 Mb | Total time: 60:04+62:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45715-2 | Recorded: 1991

'Titon et l'Aurore' is an opera in three acts and a prologue by the French composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville which was first performed at the Académie royale de musique, Paris on 9 January 1753. The authorship of the libretto has been subject to debate; Mondonville's contemporaries ascribed the prologue to Antoine Houdar de la Motte and the three acts of the opera to the Abbé de La Marre. Titon et l'Aurore belongs to the genre known as the pastorale héroïque. The work played an important role in the so-called Querelle des Bouffons, a dispute over the relative merits of the French and Italian operatic traditions which dominated the intellectual life of Paris in the early 1750s.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 877 Mb | Total time: 59:20+52:12+55:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: l’Oiseau-Lyre | 455 064-2 | Recorded: 1996

Les fêtes de Paphos (The Festivals of Paphos) is an opéra-ballet in three acts (or entrées) by the French composer Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville. The work was described as a ballet héroïque on the title page of the printed score. Each act had a different librettist. Les fêtes de Paphos was first performed at the Académie royale de musique, Paris on 9 May 1758 and was a popular success. Mondonville recycled material from two of his previous operas for the first two acts, namely Erigone (1747) and Vénus et Adonis (1752), both originally composed for Madame de Pompadour's Théâtre des Petits Cabinets. The title of the work is explained in the preface to the printed score. Paphos was a city in Cyprus sacred to Venus, the goddess of love. "Reunited on the island of Paphos, Venus, Bacchus and Cupid decide to enliven their leisure in such a pleasant location by celebrating their first loves, and this gives rise to the following three acts and the title Les fêtes de Paphos."

Gyorgy Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opera pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)

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Gyorgy Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opera pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)

György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opéra pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 504 Mb | Total time: 47:51+43:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 924002 | Recorded: 2016

For approaching a century and a half in France – across the reigns of Louis XIV, XV and XVI – the Palace of Versailles played host, both indoors and outdoors, for an extraordinary sequence of dramatic musical performances. Un Opéra pour trois rois, conducted by György Vashegyi, represents the legacy of that time, a specially constructed operatic entertainment drawn from works by composers from Lully to Gluck, commissioned – and even, on occasion, performed – by kings, their queens and inamoratas.

200 Ans de Musique a Versailles [20CDs] (2007)

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200 Ans de Musique a Versailles [20CDs] (2007)

200 Ans de Musique à Versailles [20CDs] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 5,17 Gb | Total time: 18 h 37 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centre de Musique Baroque Versailles | # MBF 1107 | Recorded: 1994-2007

In October 2007, the Centre Musical de Baroque de Versailles celebrated its 20th anniversary, together with the best French musicians around. To complete this anniversary, they now present the release of a 20-CD box with numerous musical highlights, both of the anniversary concerts as well as releases from the previous 20 years. Thanks to this jubilee box, you can now witness this landmark of French Baroque music.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb | Total time: 71:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-17791-2 | Recorded: 1996

Joseph Casanéa of Mondonville, a native of Narbonne who died on the hilltops of Belleville, in Paris, was as well-known in his day as Jean-Philippe Rameau and far more celebrated. He conducted the famous Concert Spirituel and his grand motets combine emotion with a dance-like theatricality in perfect harmony with the decorative spirit of Sevandoni, the architect and decorator of Saint-Sulpice and of Saint-Bruno in Lyon.